SIDESHOW AT HONEY CREEK
Is re-edited and updated!
Look for a new 2nd edition of “SIDESHOW AT HONEY CREEK”
Now available on amazon.com
Works In Progress:
Working hard on the "Sideshow sequel" and putting the Celtic novel back on the back burner for a while. I blame it on the update of "Sideshow". It just seemed that I owed it to the characters.
Speaking of characters, I'm really liking the sequel's characters. They just knocked on my door and moved in. Gabe, the Creole cotton grower that wanted to be left alone to grow his cotton and having a noose waiting for him if he stops running. Sally, southern belle to the core, being strong, being hunted. Cane, the Huck Finn of Mississippi, finding family for the first time. Others coming as I write.
Work continues on my Scotland story. It's getting too long, as I knew it would. I've found a text reader to listen to what is written as I edit on it when I'm otherwise blocked. And, I'm looking for ways to reduce the tome as much as I can. I've introduced the Saxon characters. I like them a lot. And, soon I will begin to introduce the forces that will lead the Celts and Saxons into conflict.
I do still ruminate on the Sideshow sequel. I've even written a paragraph or two.
Recently, I've gotten on Google + and am enjoying it immensely. Found ways to do some writing experiments and help with 'blocked' days. Also met some fun and supportive friends there. Check me out if you belong.
I'm shifting emphasis away from the Sideshow sequel and toward the sub Roman Scotland saga. 'Will still listen to the sequel whispers. However, HF of the American West is showing poor sales. Druids and swords show a little more life over on amazon. And, frankly, I need the traffic.
'It's a huge story but I'll work on hammering it out so that I can get it up and running before Christmas.
Just saying. May change back. Both still get attention.
I do just love when my characters emanate out of the ether and whisper their story into my soul’s ear. Today, Joshua Stanton appeared behind me to unstick me from being stuck on his vital introductory scene. It is turning out so much better than my idea.
Here’s a secret tip from Twain; ‘invent two or three characters and set them loose in your story.’ It often works for me and I am grateful to them.
I am enjoying the research for Sideshow’s sequel. The history of the ‘unreconstructed’ rebels, Maximilian’s ruin, and the Confederados after the Civil War ended is fascinating. My character’s list grows and fills with interesting people that are coming to life and beginning to tell me their stories. David Taylor, ship owner and blockade runner, was only a never seen shadow in Sideshow but becomes a main character now. Patrick Conner, wife Sally, and son Niall, are among the Confederados Taylor tries to get to Brazil. They are great characters. And, the grand manipulator from Sideshow, Joshua Stanton, brings intrigue and danger to the story.
Of course, I’m bringing back the Burns family, especially Bill, and Brince Miles in a big way.
Things are progressing. I’m introducing these characters, their subplots, and gathering all the ‘forces’ of the story. The beginning is, in fact, beginning.